Every year, July 4 is a chance for Americans to look back on where our country began, to celebrate how we have grown since and to look forward to the future we are building. Independence Day is a chance to recognize the importance of understanding our history and our foundations while also identifying where we can make changes and improvements in order to create a tomorrow that is brighter than yesterday.
These lessons are as true for politics as they are for our field. Prevention is by definition a forward-thinking approach, and at Prevent Child Abuse America we work to deliver great childhoods to all children by ensuring that parents and communities have the tools and resources they need to make sure no child is abused or neglected.
In the spirit of George Washington, Abigail Adams, and the other founders of our nation, we’re working to change minds about what the future of America can look like. We’re working in states and cities across the country to put in place the kind of systems and structures that can make our idea a reality.
But like the founders before us, we can’t do this work on our own. We all play a role in creating the safe, stable and nurturing environments that lead to the great childhoods that all children deserve. So this year on July 4, we are encouraging everyone to learn more about how you can get involved in our cause.
We know that the effects of child abuse and neglect cost our country more than $80 billion annually. We also know that child abuse and neglect can have lifelong effects that carry into adulthood, including increased risk for problems like heart disease, lung disease, and addiction.
We also know that these negative, life-long consequences can be prevented. Through programs like Healthy Families America, we are delivering evidence-based services to at-risk families in order to help families become self-sufficient, improve infant mental health and better prepare children for a lifetime of learning.
This July 4, you can help us work towards this future in many different ways, including:
- Volunteering at local child serving agency, school, day-care or after-school program to help provide safe and stable environments for children in your community.
- Become a mentor for parents and children by providing a helping hand, an open door or a listening ear to a new family in your neighborhood
- Advocating for family-friendly policies by calling your local legislators and tell them that you support policies and programs fund prevention programs.
- Donate to organizations like your state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America to support and expand programs that serve children and families in your home state.
Prevention is patriotic. Like the founders before us, we’re challenging ourselves – and others – to work to make the future of our country brighter for those who will come after us. Join us as we work to make the America of tomorrow a safer and healthier environment for all children.